A. Say whether the following statements are ‘True’ or
1. Photography was Vincent Spaulding’s hobby.
2. Mr. Ross did not
want to hire Mr. Wilson.
3. Mr. Wilson worked
for Mr. Ross for six weeks.
4. Mr. Jones was a
5. Spaulding dug a
tunnel from the cellar of the shop to the jewellery shop.
B. Complete the table based on the information from the text.
Mr. Holmes found the tunnel. Clues: He hit the
ground with his stick.
Mr. Spaulding dug the tunnel. Clues: The legs of his
trousers were dirty.
The tunnel was made to get into the bank’s strong room. Clues: The cellar was behind the shop and the tunnel led to the bank at the back
of the shop.
Spaulding could be the thief. Clues: On seeing
Spaulding, Holmes recognized him to be John Clay, the thief.
C. Answer the following questions.
1. Why did Jabez Wilson meet Mr. Holmes?
Jabez Wilson was given a job at the Red-Headed League
on a salary of four pounds a week. He worked there from 10 a.m to 2 p.m
everyday. After eight weeks the league was closed and dissolved. Jabel Wilson
felt that someone had been playing a practical joke on him. So he met Mr.
Holmes seeking a solution.
Vincent Spaulding worked as assistant in Wilson's
shop. He agreed to work for half-wages. Actually his name was John Clay. He was
a notorious thief. He induced Wilson to join the Red-Headed League. During his
absence from the shop, Vincent Spaulding dug a tunnel from the cellar of the
shop to the strong room of a bank at the back.
did Spaulding spend a lot of time in the cellar?
Spaulding was busy digging a tunnel from the cellar to
the bank. He did this during the absence of the owner Jabez Wilson. So he spent
a lot of time in the cellar.
was Mr. Wilson hired to copy the Encyclopaedia?
Vincent Spaulding and Duncan Ross wanted to make a
tunnel from the pawn shop to the bank. For this, they wanted the owner Jabez
Wilson to be away from the shop. They hired him to copy the Encyclopaedia so
that they could keep him away from the shop while the tunnel was being dug.
did Holmes’ team catch the thieves?
Holmes, Watson, Jones and a Policeman were hiding
behind the boxes. Some other policemen were waiting at the front door of the
bank and near the shop. At midnight Spaulding moved aside some stones of the
strong room floor and came out. He was followed by Ross. At once Holmes came
out and hit Spaulding's arm. The gun fell to the ground. Spaulding was caught.
Ross who got into the tunnel was caught by the policemen at the other end of
the tunnel. Thus Holmes' team caught the thieves.
D. Based on your reading of the text complete the pyramid by
arranging the sequence in the correct order.
* Wilson read the Red Headed League’s
* Mr. Ross asked Wilson to copy the
* Mr. Ross asked Spaulding to copy the
* Holmes recognised Spaulding who was actually
John Clay, a notorious criminal.
* Homes found the tunnel from the cellar to the
bank’s strong room.
* Spaulding showed the Red Headed League’s
advertisement to Wilson.
* Spaulding and Ross were caught by the famous
Spaulding and Ross were caught by the famous detective.
Homes found the tunnel from the cellar to the bank’s strong
Holmes recognised Spaulding who was actually John Clay, a
Wilson asked Sherlock Holmes for Help
One day he found the notice that 'The Red - Headed League' was
Wilson was assigned to copy the encyclopaedia
Wilson got the job in The Red - Headed League